Regional Anesthesia Rotation Curriculum

Regional Anesthesia - Basic Rotation

(Resident's first month)

A one-month long rotation where anesthesia residents are introduced to the fundamentals of regional anesthesia. Education is provided one-on-one with different members of the regional faculty. Some of the goals and objectives of the rotation include:
  • Become familiar with regional anesthesia equipment including block trays, the ultrasound machine, and the physics of ultrasound
  • Review relevant anatomy of the neuraxis, spine, and peripheral nerves
  • Understand the pharmacology of local anesthetics
  • Introduction to regional anesthesia techniques including spinal, epidural and basic peripheral nerve blocks
  • Learn to develop a plan for regional techniques for surgical anesthesia or postoperative analgesia
  • Review the indications, contraindications, and potential complications of regional anesthesia procedures
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Dr.Horn Teaching Resident

Dr. Horn instructing CA-2 resident during an ultrasound guided nerve block procedure

Regional Anesthesia Rotation - Advanced Curriculum

(resident's second month)

After completion of the Core Regional Anesthesia Rotation, anesthesia residents can obtain further experience and training with regional anesthesia during a month-long Advanced Regional Rotation. Instruction will be provided one-on-one by different members of the regional anesthesia faculty. Some of the goals and objectives of the rotation include:

  • Gain additional experience performing advanced regional techniques including peripheral nerve block catheters in a high-volume rapid turnover setting.
  • Refine understanding of the indications for regional anesthesia techniques and multimodal pain therapy
  • Deepen knowledge of ultrasonography and ultrasound image interpretation of the spine and peripheral nerves including anatomic variations
  • Become facile with multiple different regional anesthesia approaches including ultrasound, nerve stimulation and landmark techniques
  • Develop diagnostic and treatment plans for the evaluation of potential complications from regional anesthesia
  • Review pertinent current literature for regional anesthesia
  • Learn to function as a regional anesthesia consultant
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Resident advancing catheter

Anesthesiology resident performing a nerve block